Local school student names tower crane at St George Hospital Redevelopment

The tower crane supporting the delivery of the $411 million redevelopment will officially be known as 'Liftie Swifty'

Local school student names tower crane at St George Hospital Redevelopment
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The tower crane supporting the delivery of the $411 million St George Hospital redevelopment will officially be known as 'Liftie Swifty' thanks to the creativity of a local school student.

The crane name was chosen by Year 5 student, Rhys from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, who was announced the winner of the ‘Name the Crane’ competition.

St George Hospital General Manager, Ms. Ange Karooz said “Liftie Swifty” will be proudly displayed on the crane, which is being used to construct the new Integrated Ambulatory Care Building on Kensington St, Kogarah.

“We received more than 200 entries from our local primary school children, which has been a wonderful way to engage our youngest residents in the St George Hospital redevelopment” Ms Karooz said.

The winning name was chosen by staff from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), construction contractor BESIX Watpac and Health Infrastructure.

The tower crane is helping construct the 9-storey building of the Ambulatory Care Precinct. This precinct is set to redefine healthcare services in the area by providing comprehensive outpatient care, integrated ambulatory services, pathology specimen collection, a new day rehabilitation unit, expanded sub-acute and rehabilitation inpatient beds, along with convenient basement car parking for patients and visitors.

This will improve access for patients and their carers, bringing new and existing health services together under the one roof.

The judging panel also voted for the best coloured-in entry, which was awarded to Madeline, age 5 and Ali Ibrahim, age 6.

NSW Premier and Member for Kogarah, The Hon. Chris Minns, MP, visited the project site to meet Rhys for the official crane naming ceremony, alongside BESIX Watpac Project Manager, Mark Cahalin.

Mr Cahalin said engaging with the local schools was a highlight for the team.

“The hospital redevelopment is an inherently community-based project, so to involve school children in the project in a fun and practical way has been incredibly rewarding,” he said.

A selection of the entry forms will be displayed around the hospital in various locations.

St George Hospital Redevelopment Stage 3 is expected to be completed in late 2026.

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